After years of shedding reporters and newsrooms, Colorado is home to a
new experiment in sustainable journalism. In early May, the National
Trust for Local News announced it was acquiring Colorado Community
Media, a network of 24 newspapers in the Denver Metro area, via the
Colorado News Conservancy, a new public benefit corporation. The
Colorado News Conservancy is to be majority owned by the
journalist-owned, online-only Colorado Sun. The deal was financed
through impact investment funding from FJC, the Gates Family Foundation,
the Colorado Trust, and the American Journalism Project, in a
first-of-its kind model.
What does this mean for people who rely on Colorado Community Media?
How will this relationship change the news ecosystem in Colorado, and
what consequences could it have for local media nationally? We will hear
from leading people behind this deal about how it works and what they
hope it will produce.